Compost Publications

58 Publications

Dairy Waste Biorefinery

Kennedy, N., C. Frear, M. Garcia-Perez, C. Kruger, and S. Chen. 2013. Concept illustration and description.

Organic Waste Biorefinery

Kennedy, N., C. Frear, M. Garcia-Perez, C. Kruger, and S. Chen. 2013. Concept illustration and description.

Soil Fertility in Organic Systems: A Guide for Gardeners and Small Acreage Farmers

Collins,D. C. Miles, C. Cogger, R. Koenig. 2013.  Pacific Northwest Extension Publication PNW646.

Two novel floor-scale anaerobic digester systems for processing food waste. Part 1: Multi-reactor, liquid recycle system for high solids. Part 2: Moderate solids system.

Frear, C., Ewing, T., Yu, L., Ma, J., and Chen, S. 2012. Olympia, WA. Washington State Department of Ecology.

Building Markets for Biofertilizers — Perceptions and Performance

Video of keynote address by Chad Kruger at the 26th Annual BioCycle West Coast Conference April 2012.

Herbicide contamination of dairy derived organic matter in Whatcom County: New developments in 2011

Burrows, C. 2011. WSU Whatcom County Extension. This article is an update on potential aminopyralid residue in manure, composted manure and silage. Mitigation actions include bioassay tests by composting facilities, outreach and education to prevent export of manure from operations where aminopyralid was applied, and proposed product label changes.

Compost Trials in Newly Planted Orchards

Smith, T. 1995-1997. This WSU Chelan-Douglas County Extension website summary features results from in-orchard compost trials in North Central Washington. Report includes an overview of compost materials and use in orchards.

Composts and Nutrient Management

The WSU Puyallup Research Center faculty have conducted extensive work on compost, manure and biosolids. This website provides information on yard waste and food waste composts, clopyralid, calculating bulk density, nutrient management for organic systems and compost facility operator training events. The site has links to the Compost Mix Calculator the Organic Fertilizer Calculator and Center research publications.

Stewardship Gardening: Compost

This WSU Master Gardeners website provides information for home gardeners on backyard composting, kitchen waste composting, and livestock manure composting.

Soils and Compost

This WSU Small Farms Team website provides links to various resources on compost science, operations and equipment, compost tea, and vermicomposting.

WSU Compost Facility

WSU operates a full scale composting facility on the Pullman campus to recycle organic waste, while providing teaching and research opportunities.

Compost Images

An archive of digital photos of various aspects of agricultural composting and compost use to assist agricultural professionals and others in their education programs. Produced as part of the Compost Education and Resources for Western Agriculture project with funding from the Western SARE Program.

Closing the recycling loop through organic amendments in agriculture and gardens

Recorded webinar (online presentation) from Jan 2011 by Craig Cogger, Crop and Soils Scientist and Extension Educator. This seminar discusses research and guidelines on soil amendment choices based on use, nitrogen availability, carbon sequestration potential, handling nutrient imbalances in organic amendments, and an update on herbicide issues in some composts.

Composting in Whatcom County

This WSU Whatcom County Extension website provides information on the Master Recycler/Composter volunteer program and links to compost publications and fact sheets, such as Compost Fundamentals, and Aminopyralid Residues in Compost and other Organic Amendments.

On-Farm Livestock Mortality Composting – June 2010

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Creating High Value Potting Media from Composts Made with Biosolids and Carbon-Rich Organic Wastes

Organic Waste to Resources Research and Pilot Project Report. Hummel, R., C. Cogger, A. Bary, and B. Riley, May 2010. Ecology Publication Number 09-07-069. Composted organic waste including biosolids may substitute for potting soil for nursery uses. This study found that composted organic materials can perform as well as typical peat-perlite potting mixtures.

Influence of biodynamic preparations on compost development and resultant compost extracts on wheat seedling growth

Reeve, J.R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.P. Reganold, A.L. York, and W.F. Brinton. 2010. Bioresource Technology.

Influence of orchard floor management and compost application timing on N partitioning in organically managed apple trees

TerAvest, D., J.L. Smith, L. Carpenter-Boggs, L. Hoagland, D. Granatstein, and J.P. Reganold. 2010. HortScience. 45:637-642.

Land Application – A true path to zero waste?

Organic Waste to Resources Research and Pilot Project Report. Brown, S., K. Kurtz, C. Cogger and A. Bary, March 2010. Ecology Publication Number 09-07-059. This study tested the benefits of compost and biosolids applications to soils. Benefits included increased C and N levels, improved soil bulk density, water holding capacity and crop yield.

Green from the Ground Up – The Innovators Lecture

Featured lectures by CSANR Director Chad Kruger and researcher Lynne Carpenter-Boggs. PowerPoint presentation and video of event are available.

Backyard Composting

Cogger, C. and D. Sullivan. WSU Extension Bulletin EB1784E. Rev. March, 2009. This updated bulletin provides a straight forward guide to making and using compost with an introductory section on the science of composting.

Washington State Compost Educator’s Guide

Wescott, H., A. Bary, C. Cogger, C. Sullivan. 2009. This guide provides science-based information on residential composting and vermicomposting for use in Washington and assists compost educators with training events and outreach. Project was supported by the Washington State Department of Ecology and US EPA-Region 10.

Sierra Heights Vermicomposter Project

Organic Waste to Resources Research and Pilot Project Report. Sierra Heights Elementary, September 2009. Ecology Publication 09-07-066. A vermicompost bin was set up at the school. The project developed and put into practice a set of lessons (available at the link in the document) for teaching about food waste and composting.

Proceedings of the Department of Ecology’s Beyond Waste Workshop (2009)

A special workshop planned by CSANR and hosted by the Department of Ecology Waste 2 Resources Division to feature state-funded research projects relating to the topics of recovering energy and resources (including soil amendments) from organic wastes.

Characterization of compost tea microbial communities, and their effects on seed borne Xanthomonas campestris pv campestris

Crosby, C. 2008. M.S. Thesis. Hard copy available through WSU library system.

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